This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A botanical friend wrote to the Monthly some months ago, suggesting that the editor had"caricatured" the views of those who dwelt on the great advantages to be derived from cross fertilization through insect agency. We have already given some quotations showing that we have in no way misrepresented what was once taught, whatever may be the lessons now; and we give here another extract from a recent paper by Professor Beal, in the Scientific Farmer, showing that he not only understands the position of our friends as we have done, but evidently adopts the views as entirely sound:
" We are prepared to understand that honey is placed in flowers as wages to pay insects for serving the plants. The gay colors and odors are advertisements to call the attention of insects to the rich supplies of food in store for them. Saunders, of Canada, cut oft* the petals of raspberries, and by so doing made it difficult or impossible for the bees to find honey".